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1,000 attend National Night Out before downpour

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 August 2019 at 10:35 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – A crowd of about 1,000 people attended the National Night Out at Bullard Park in Albion this evening. One highlight was the “Battle of Belts.” Dillon Black, front right, and Dan Baase, both of the Albion Police Department, were part of a four-man team of law enforcement officers.

They topped two other adult teams with a time of 51.39 seconds. The teams compete to see who is the fastest getting into car and fastening their seatbelts. Each member then must switch seats and again fasten their seat belts. The time ends when each person has sat in each seat in the car and the horn is honked.

Alayna Flugel and Kasia Robinson, members of the Hip Chicks, are lined up at the start. Their teammates included McKinley Knight and Kaitlyn Viza. They were second among the youth teams in 58.61 seconds. Thy also won for best costume.

Danielle Ludwig and members of the Probation Department hustle to get to the next seat in a car in the Battle of the Belts. They completed the challenge in 52.37 seconds.

Doug Rich, a state trooper, served as one of the officials in the competition. He waits for one of the teams to finish before blowing the whistle.

Julia Knight and the Sassy Safety Girls were the fastest team in 41.68 seconds. Her teammates included Gina Sidari, Autumn Flugel and Liana Flugel.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley served as announcer for the Battle of the Battle of the Belts.

The Albion Fire Department served 800 hot dogs. From left include Janet Cheverie, Sue Papponetti and Dawn Marciszewski.

Albion police officer Karol Hughes, a member of the Orleans County SWAT team, showed the public an armored Humvee used by the team as well as a robot that is used to look at suspicious packages or check vehicles if someone is barricaded inside.

Jaxon Pallister, 8, of Oakfield rides in the bike rodeo under direction by officer Steve Gross of the Medina Police Department.

Rylee Tusing, 2 ½ , of Albion gets fitted for a new bike helmet by Medina Lt. Todd Draper. Rylee is held by her mother, Stephanie Corke.

Th Albion Walmart was among 75 businesses and agencies to participate in National Night Out. Th event was cut short when a downpour hit just after 7 p.m.

Patrick Holman of Medina performed card tricks and magic.

State trooper Kevin Bentley demonstrates a roll-over simulator.

Firefighters Fran Gaylord, left, and Fred Piano help kids through a fire safety house where they can practice a quick exit.

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